How can I be a panelist?

You can be a panelist if you have:

* been injured in a DUI crash

* had a friend or family member injured or killed in a DUI crash

* caused a DUI crash

* worked with DUI victims or offenders

* had several years of sobriety

* gotten a DUI or MIP conviction or a family member has

Guidelines for Speakers:

The goals of the Impact Panel Program are:

– to enhance the emotional healing of victims by offering them an outlet to speak of their experience.  Their participation may prevent others from experiencing a similar tragedy.

–  to enable offenders and others to understand impaired driving from the victim’s perspective.

– to imprint in the minds of all attendees true stories, told from the heart, which might be recalled later when a decision to drink/drug and drive is an option.


– tell what happened to you (what, when, how, etc.).
– express how it affected you.
– use visual aids if they enhance your story.
– speak from the heart. Don’t worry if you become emotional. If you need to stop to gain your composure simply do so. Organize some notes if that helps but don’t read from a prepared statement.

– quote statistics.
– express your opinion about the criminal or justice system.
– blame or accuse those in your audience.
– express significant anger or rage unless you are able to acknowledge the hurt and pain underneath.

* Due to Privacy Act restrictions, professionals sharing their stories will not divulge names of DUI victims or offenders.

We ask that prospective speakers see a full panel to get a familiarity with the presentation. You choose your schedule — some speak a couple times a year, others on a more frequent basis. Here are some general suggestions we offer when you speak:

1.  So that you don’t have to sit through the first half of the panel, you don’t need to arrive until about 8 PM weeknights / 2 PM Saturdays.

2.  The panels run to about 9 PM (3 PM Sats.) That leaves just enough time for check out and shut down.  Therefore speakers should limit their talks to 15 minutes or less.  We don’t like to put time limits; it inhibits spontaneity and we realize sometimes we all want to talk more or less.  And we also find that if one speaker goes much longer than that, people get… fidgety.  It can be hard to track time when you speak, we know.  So if you see the facilitator walking slowly up to the front of the room, that is your cue!

3.  The facilitator usually stands in the back of the room a good part of the talks.  If you see the facilitator put hand to  ear, we are having trouble hearing you in the back of the room.

1. Speakers on our base panels all have a military connect to better connect with the audience: active, retired, dependent or who deals with DUI offenders or victims through their work. 2. Date and time of panel set by reserving command, which we’ll know at least two weeks in advance.  You’ll only need to be there for your portion.

If you are interested in being a speaker, please call the panel facilitator at (360) 672-8219 or email —

Thank you for your concern, compassion and willingness to help make a difference in our communities that may well save lives!